HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP/WFXR) — The death of a James Madison University (JMU) softball star has been classified as an apparent suicide.

Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson says an investigation into Lauren Bernett’s death is continuing and an official report from the medical examiner’s office is pending.

JMU president Jonathan Alger and athletic director Jeff Bourne announced the death of the 20-year-old sophomore catcher from Pennsylvania in a news release on Tuesday, April 26.

The announcement of Bernett’s death came a day after she was named the CAA player of the week for batting .778 with seven RBIs and four runs in a three-game weekend sweep of Drexel that pulled JMU within a game of league-leading Delaware.

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, there are two free resources ready to help. You can call or text the following numbers 24/7 for assistance:

For additional support, the university urges people to contact the following resources:

  • Counseling Center at 540-568-6552 
  • Dean of Students Office at 540-568-6468
  • Campus Crisis line after hours at 540-568-6552 
  • Sentara RMH Emergency Department at 540-689-1414
  • TAO mental health resource
  • Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741 to reach a crisis counselor